SACRAMENTO - Pictures and memories. Right now, that's all Jacob Buys has of his 5-year-old daughter Brisa.
"Part of me is missing, not having her here," Buys said. "Her smile and her laugh. She has a good laugh."
The Sacramento resident said his ex-wife, Lisa Buys, took their daughter to Maine. Lisa Buys had full custody of the child at the time.
In July, Jacob won full custody, and a court ordered his ex-wife to return Brisa to California in August. But Lisa Buys has since gone into hiding, and she's taken Brisa. Lisa Buys' attorney refused to comment to News10.
"I don't think (Brisa) is in any physical danger but (I'm worried about) the emotional damage she is going though," Buys said.
An FBI investigation is ongoing. Law enforcement officials recently traveled to Maine looking for Lisa Buys and Brisa. They had no success.
Jacob Buys is seeking the public's help with finding his daughter. He's hoping that Brisa's smile, which he said can light up a room, will resonate with someone who may have seen her.
"I just want her to know that her daddy loves her and thinks about her every day," Buys said.